Reader Opinions

GUEST COMMENTARY: Small businesses now have options for affordable health care

Insurance companies must now publicly justify every rate increase of 10 percent or more, which has led to a sharp decline in double-digit rate hikes. Starting in 2014, insurers will have to justify every proposed rate increase, even if it’s a 1 percent bump.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Evidence lacking in Ryan Ferguson conviction

There is overwhelming evidence of Ryan Ferguson's innocence; he has been mistreated by Missouri's legal system.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Women's health care shouldn't be put at risk

For every $1 spent on women’s health services, approximately $5 is saved.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Parents face challenges coming to terms with child's autism

Families struggle with three main issues when it comes to children with autism — receiving the diagnosis, handling the perceptions of others, and deciding on a course of treatment.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Columbia needs independent, thoughtful leader

Having a forward-thinking, supportive and responsive City Council representative for your ward is a great asset, but what you also need is an independent and thoughtful leader at the top, like how Sid Sullivan would be as our next mayor.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Budget debate needs reframing

Big corporations have used their lobbyists and campaign contributions to rig the tax system in their favor, with some profitable corporations paying no taxes at all. But who’s investing in us?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Easter resurrection is present every day

Rev. Mel West believes that wherever and whenever the Spirit of Jesus Christ is present, no matter what place or space, resurrection will occur.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Karl Skala makes Columbia better

Karl Skala lives not far from Clark Lane and knows the effects of the area's growth first hand.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thomas has qualities needed for City Council

He is highly educated, an experienced Columbia public-policy decision maker, committed to representing his constituents' interests, honest and law-abiding.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thomas has ability to work well with all

Ian Thomas, if elected, will keep citizens informed about how he thinks and how he arrived as his decisions.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Karl Skala has record of community service

Karl Skala will speak on behalf of the city, if elected to council.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thomas brings vision, new perspective to leadership

Ian Thomas adds new perspective to City Council and will bring passion and vision to office.

GUEST COMMENTARY: New 911 tax increase is the wrong call

Agencies that Public Safety Joint Communications serves need to pay their part to keep up with growth in our area.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Karl Skala the right choice for Third Ward

Karl Skala has experience in planning and development.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote for Skala is vote for solutions

Karl Skala works diligently for community.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ian Thomas would commit to transparency

Ian Thomas would not be beholden to any special interest group, if elected.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thomas running for council for right reasons

Ian Thomas has worked tirelessly for the betterment of our community.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Marine veteran Karl Skala focuses on mission, task

Karl Skala is a progressive thinking about updating development plans and zoning regulations, which include requiring developers to pay for road and sidewalk improvements.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sid Sullivan brings talent, experience

Sid Sullivan has a high level of interest in keeping Columbia on track to remain a great place for all to live.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Karl Skala addresses unmet needs

If elected, Karl Skala will push for developers to pay their fair share for needs created by the developments, such as roads and sewers, rather than placing an unfair burden on taxpayers.